We Started The Writers Lab…

because we were infuriated by a glaring lack of films for, by, and about women
– especially women past the age of 40.
We wanted to take control.
We wanted to see the stories of the curious, furious and hilarious women all around us.
Each year we change and grow, and aim higher – to find great stories, help great writers,
and ultimately create a paradigm shift in how all women are perceived.

– Elizabeth & Nitza

 

The Writers Lab US was co-founded by Elizabeth Kaiden, Nitza Wilon, and Kyle Ann Stokes, with New York Women in Film & Television. It is a four-day writers workshop that gives women (cis, trans, and nonbinary) screenwriters over the age of 40 in the US and internationally the opportunity to work intensively on their features and pilots with the support of established film professionals. Mentors and Writers engage in a rigorous process of intensive script development through one-on-one meetings, panel discussions, peer workshops, and mock writers rooms. Interactions are designed to inspire the artists; to prompt creative exploration; and, through revision, to cultivate first-rate cinematic stories.

The Writers Lab UKI is a four-day virtual writers workshop that gives women (cis, trans, and nonbinary) screenwriters over the age of 40 in England, Norther Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales the opportunity to work intensively on their features and pilots with the support of established film professionals. Mentors and Writers engage in a rigorous process of intensive script development through one-on-one meetings, panel discussions, peer workshops, and mock writers rooms. The Lab is followed by a 5-month incubation period. Interactions are designed to inspire the artists; to prompt creative exploration; and, through revision, to cultivate first-rate cinematic stories.

Mission and Values

It is critical that we amplify the voices of women in their prime whose stories have not been told. We are working toward a new landscape where the female narrative is in equal proportion to the male narrative, and where shared stories strengthen our ties to one another and empower younger generations.

We are committed to storytellers who identify as women, yet we do not limit our search to stories about women. The Writers Lab seeks well crafted scripts, in all genres, exploring universal themes, using a full range of cinematic tools.

US Mentors

Past Writers Lab mentors include Jessica Bendinger (Bring It OnAquamarine), Susan Cartsonis (Carrie Pilby, The Duff), Lisa Cortes (Precious), Amy Fox (Equity), Pamela Gray (A Walk on the Moon, Music of the Heart), Caroline Kaplan (Time Out of MindPersonal Velocity), Meg LeFauve (Inside OutThe Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys), Darnell Martin (Cadillac Records, I Like It Like That), Gina Prince-Bythewood (Secret Life of BeesBeyond the Lights), Theresa Rebeck (Smash, The 355), Mary Jane Skalski (Win WinThe Station Agent), Kirsten Smith (Legally BlondeTen Things I Hate About You), Frida Torresblanco (Disobedience, Pan’s Labyrinth), Pat Verducci (Disney/Pixar), Ligiah Villalobos (Under the Same Moon, Firelight).